Aarhus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos, previously Aarhus) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. With a population of just over 240,000 people (1,200,000 East Jutland metropolitan area) it also holds the title of Denmark's second largest city.
Aarhus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. The average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. This is mainly because of the large student population.
The tourist office is located just to the left of the main train station. It's called "Visit Aarhus" .
Some interesting facts:
- There are many plans of highrises in Aarhus, including the future tallest building in Denmark (Lighthouse -142 meters).
- Aarhus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which has the by far fastest growing population in Denmark.
- Aarhus has a big, well known cultural festival week, called "Aarhus Festuge" (Aarhus Festival) .
- Aarhus has for many years been known as a nesting box for Danish musicians and bands, primarily in main stream pop and rock music.
- Aarhus is known as The City of Smiles (da. Smilets By). It probably just started as a slogan to improve the city's image, but it has nevertheless caught on, and has for many years been a common nickname for the city.
- Aarhus is also known as The City of Cafés - visit the city and you will soon know why.
- Tourist Information Office (across from the railway station) pick up the leaflet "Aarhus - five historical walks". The walks are all really short and you could do them all easily in a day as they are all in the city centre.
The Danes are reserved towards strangers, but friendly towards tourists, and will normally be happy to give you directions and advice in fluent English.
Trains run 1-2 times an hour from Copenhagen (København) to Aarhus and takes about three hours. Adult fare is DKK 324, an addition DKK 30 to reserve a seat. Discounts are available for persons 25 years old or younger (if buying a WildCard at the expense of 180 DKK) or older than 65 years. Also, discounts can be obtained by buying Orange Tickets some weeks in advance. Details on DSB's homepage .
It is also possible to catch a train to any other part of the Jutland peninsula, or occasionally to Hamburg, though connections are usually bad.
Tickets used in trains are also usable in buses, and if you are travelling from Copenhagen, you can use your ticket for the rest of the day to get around Aarhus at no extra expense.
Abildskou  operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin.
Eurolines  operates buses to Hamburg, from where you can continue to any other european city.
Mols Linien  operates ferries to Odden and Kalundborg
Aarhus Airport, Tirstrup  is approx. 45 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses  arrive and leave from Banegårdspladsen in front of the railway station, a one-way ticket costs 90 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are; Norwegian Crowns, US Dollars, Pounds and Euro. Major Credit Cards are also accepted.
Aarhus airport is serviced by a number of major European airlines; flights from London are serviced also by the low-cost flight provider Ryanair, which has been known to provide fares as low as 1p per(one-way)trip.
Billund Airport , with many flight connections, is approx. 90 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses arrive and leave from Radisson SAS Hotel, a one-way ticket costs 180 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are; Danish Crowns and Euro. Credit Cards are not accepted.
The entire city is clean and well organized, making walking an excellent and enjoyable way to get around.
Rent a bike in Bikes4Rent  or better yet, borrow a free City Bike, available around in the city. You need to insert a DKK 20 coin, which you get back when leaving the bike in another "bike station" (not available during winter months).
Bus tickets for travel within the city limits (Aarhus Kommune limits) are 18 DKK, 9 DKK if you are under 16 years of age . Tickets are also available in 10-trip tickets, that vary in price depending on how far you want to go (115 DKK - 560 DKK (115 - 210 within Aarhus Limits), cheaper cards are also available for under 16 year olds). Finally there are tickets that allow you to ride all you want for 30 days, again prices vary depending on how far you want to go.
You can also buy a cheap Aarhus Pass  which covers all bus transport and all the museums.
- Airporttaxi.dk - Book and pay for your taxi online. 10% savings.
- Aarhus Taxa - 89 48 48 48 .
- Taxamotor Aarhus - 70 33 83 38 .
- JetCab (Bike Taxi)- No phone No. .
Anyone who appreciates seeing European architecture will find many points of interest in the city, not least the Concert Hall ("Musikhuset" from 1982 by Johan Richter), which is located next door to the new art museum ARoS.
- ARoS (Aarhus Art Museum), Aros Allé 2, ☎ +45 8 730 66 00, . Tu-Su 10-17, except W 10-22. One of Denmark’s largest museums, be sure to check out the '9 Spaces', a maze of black-walled galleries. 90 DKK, under 18's free.
- Bymuseet, Carl Blochs Gade 20, ☎ +45 86 13 28 62, . M-Su 10-17, except W 10-20. The town museum of Aarhus placed in a very nice modern building. 30 DKK.
- Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Viborgvej 2, ☎ +45 86 12 31 88, . Collection of 75 original Danish buildings dating from 1597 to 1909 moved to create an open-air museum village; there are shops and restaurants, some true to the period.
- Kvindemuseet (Women's Museum), Domkirkepladsen 5, ☎ +45 86 18 64 70, . Tu-Su 10-16, except W 10-20. 40 DKK.
- Moesgaard Museum, Moesgård Allé 20 (Take bus 6 South), ☎ +45 89 42 11 00, . Apr-Oct 10-17, Nov-Mar Tu-Su 10-16. Is a good place to study Danish prehistory, the main attractions are two finds from the Iron Age - the Grauballe Man, the only completely preserved bog body, and the impressive sacrifices of weapons from Illerup Ådal. 60 DKK.
- Rådhuset (The Town Hall), Rådhuspladsen 2, ☎ +45 89 40 20 00, . by the famous architect Arne Jacobsen is one of the highlights of Danish architecture. Don't miss the Grisebrønden statue (the well of the pigs) with the drooling and peeing pigs, located in the Town Hall Square.
- The University Park by C.F.Møller, Kaj Fisker,(buildings) and C. Th. Sørensen (landscape) is another noteworthy piece of architecture. Here you find the State Library, a Natural History Museum  and the Steno Museum  with collections on science and medicine.
- Vor Frue Kirke, Vestergade 21, ☎ +45 86 12 12 43, . Church with an interesting crypt church in the basement, built about 1060. It is one of the oldest still existing stone churches in Scandinavia, maybe the oldest.
- Aarhus Domkirke (Aarhus Cathedral), Domkirkepladsen 2, ☎ +45 86 20 54 00, . May-Sep 9.30-16,Oct-Apr 10-15. The beautiful cathedral is over 800 years old, and the longest in Denmark. Next to it, Aarhus Cathedral School is situated, also over 800 years old and the oldest still existing high-school in the world.
- Aarhus Kunstbygning, J.M. Mørks Gade 13, ☎ +45 86 20 60 50, . Tu-Su 10-17, except W 10-21. Center of contemporary art. 45 DKK.
- Aarhus Viking Museum, Skt. Clemens Torv 6, ☎ +45 89 42 11 00, . M-F 10-16, except Th 10-17.30. Small viking museum located in the basement of the Nordea Bank next to the cathedral. Free.
For concerts, try The Concert Hall , Train, Voxhall , Gyngen , Fatter Eskil , Musikcafeen  or Studenterhus Aarhus .
Enjoy one of the many nature offerings, all of which can be reached by foot from the city: Botanisk Have (The Botanical Garden), Universitetsparken (The University Park), Vennelystparken, Riis Skov (Riis Forest) or Havreballe Skov (Havreballe Forest). The beautiful 8 km. stretch of forest south of the city is equally suited for a hike, especially the old forest around the Moesgård Museum and Skovmøllen (Forest Mill). The Brabrand Lake is ideal for biking and rollerskating, as there are 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.
Theatre & Cinema
For independent and european cinema, visit Øst for Paradis . For mainstream movies, visit Cinemaxx  in Bruuns Galleri, Biocity  opposite from the train station or Metropol  in Trøjborg.
- Aarhus Studenternes Filmklub, Ny Munkegade 1530, ☎ +45 86 12 74 88, . The filmclub of the Aarhus University, but open for everyone. 60 DKK.
- Slagtehal 3, Mejlgade 50, . is your choice, if you're into horror movies, movies every Thursday 50 DKK.
- Aarhus Theater, Teatergaden, ☎ +45 89 33 23 00, . The city's main theater
- Tivoli Friheden, Skovbrynet 5, ☎ +45 86 14 73 00, . 11-23 (varies greatly). Amusement park is located south of the center. Check opening days in the webpage. Also featuring concerts. 65 DKK / All-ride ticket 130 DKK.
- Jysk Væddeløbsbane, Observatorievejen 2, ☎ +45 86 14 25 11, . Go watch a horse race 40 DKK.
- RaceHall, Hasselager Centervej 30, ☎ +45 86 28 01 70, . Go for a gokart race in what they claim is the largest indoor Race track in Europe 310-580 DKK.
- Aarhus Skøjtehal, Gøteborg Alle 9, ☎ +45 86 10 42 19, . Ice skating is possible during the winter in Aarhus Skøjtehal, or outside the Concert Hall. 37 DKK.
- Huset (The House), Vestrbros Torv 1-3, ☎ +45 86 76 20 00, . M-Th 9-21,F 9-16. You can make your own artworks in the free ateliers in this activity center
- VoxHall, Vester Alle 15, ☎ +45 87 30 97 97, . Basically a concert hall, with a good, tightly planned concert schedule. Tickets are usually bought at the door, but if you're going to a major concert, buy before-hand!
- There are many colleges and schools of higher education in the city, the biggest of which is Aarhus University  (Da. Aarhus Universitet), with around 35.000 students, also including the Aarhus School of Business . This means that the city is crowded with students.
- Learn Danish in the Universitys Danish Courses  or in the LærDansk .
- There is a pedestrian shopping street (Strøget), highlighted by upscale Scandinavian clothing shops and Salling and Magasin department stores.
- Bruun's Galleri  Located next to the railway station. The biggest city mall in Denmark with 95 shops and a cinema. (there are plans of expanding Bruun's Galleri over the traintracks running next to it).
- Storecenter Nord  Located in the nothern part of the central city. Another mall with arround 50 shops.
- City Vest  Located in the western part of the city. A mall with arround 30 shops.
- Bazar Vest  Located in the western part of the city.. 10 minutes walk from City Vest. Mostly forreign nationalities have small shops where you can buy all kinds of exotic items and food. (closed on mondays)
- "The Latin Quarter" - so called by the locals - is the shopping district north of Store Torv between Guldsmedgade and Mejlgade. Here you will find the small 'independent' shops and some of the city's oldest cafés.
There are hundreds of restaurants in Aarhus, reaching from cheap kebab joints, to high-class dining. Aarhus is generally known as one of the best places to eat in Denmark, probably due to the strong competition. However, the best places are not necessarily located on the most prominent addresses, so a bit of browsing is recommended. You could also try Åen - walk down "the river" in the city center, there are lots of restaurants and cafes with high standard.
The locals regularly frequent the many cafés when going out for a meal. Besides being the best option for breakfast, brunch and lunch, most cafés serve excellent home made burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks at reasonable prices.
- Casa Mia, Tordenskjoldsgade 12, . Nice and cosy italian restaurant serving simple and tasty pizzas and pasta dishes. Enjoy the food at the restaurant, or have it as take away. Pizza about 60 DKK.
- Havnens Perle, Sverigesgade 1A, ☎ +45 86 13 22 56, . Located at the harbour. This place has been awarded the best danish barbecue restaurant in Aarhus. Enjoy a fresh made burger, hotdogs or a traditional danish meal with pork, potatoes and loads of cream sauce. A main meal is around 68 DKK and they serve more roadhouse-style food than restaurant - ensure you check out the website before making the trip out there.
- Restaurant Koch, Pakkerivej 2, ☎ +45 86 18 64 00, . in the harbour has only one menu at DKK 1000. Open Thursday and Friday night only
- Restaurant Seafood, Marselisborg Havnevej 44, ☎ +45 86 18 56 55, . Located at the marina they serve, as the name suggests, seafood. The food is photo-worthy when served and tastes equally as good. The menu even comes with a translation page in case you're not familiar with Danish, although it's easier to just get the waiter to translate for you!
- Latin Brasserie and Creperie, Klostergade 2, ☎ +45 86 13 78 12. located on a corner in the Latin Quarter. They serve good mussels with handcut chips.
- Mackies's Cantina (Mackie's Pizza), Sct. Clemens Torv 9, ☎ +45 86 12 36 61, . nice restaurant and café, known for introducing pizza eating without knife and fork, into Aarhus. Pretty cheap prices.
- Mefisto, Volden 28, ☎ +45 86 13 18 13, . A simple cafe with great food. The menu includes seafood, tapas, meat. Mains from DKK 170.
- Schweizer Bageriet, M.P. Bruuns Gade 56. Located up the hill south of the railway station. A tasty bakery full of danish delights - perfect for breakfast, although you'll have to find your coffee elsewhere.
- Skovmøllen, Skovmøllevej 51, ☎ +45 86 27 12 14, . Eat your lunch in an old watermill in the forest, then stroll along the stream, running through a beech forest down to the beach.
- Valhalla, Åboulevarden 35, ☎ +45 86 13 27 47, . located under the bridge beneath the main pedestrian street Strøget. You can enjoy a 1 hour all you can eat buffet feast which includes food, drinks (including pulling your own beers), and dessert for around DKK 150.
Aarhus's large student population fuels a lively nightlife. There is a robust nightlife for those who are looking for a night on the town. Aarhus can deliver everything from big mainstream clubs to small alternative hangouts playing niche music.
Prices for food and drink are higher than in other parts of Europe, especially near the river (Å in Danish). The favorite local beers are Tuborg, Carlsberg and Ceres (which is no longer brewed locally).
- Bodega Kurts Mor, Fredens Torv 7. Beer 20kr.
- Bridgewater, Åboulevarden 22, ☎ +45 86 18 20 01, . M-W 16-midnight,Th 16-03,F 14-03,Sa 12-05,Su 14-midnight. Biggest sports bar in town. Good atmosphere and lots of people even if there's no game. Beer 20kr (More on Saturdays)..
- Castenskiold, Åboulevarden 32, ☎ +45 86 55 22 23, . M-Th 10-midnight,F-Sa 10-02,Su 10-17. Sunny cafe during the day and sizzling bar at night, sleek design and creative cocktails, has become something of a clubhouse for city's design and fashion elite.
- Die Kleine Bierstube, Frederiksgade 75, ☎ +45 86 13 67 64, . M-Th noon-01,F noon-03,Sa 11-03. Nice German bar.
- Fidel's, Åboulevarden 25,, ☎ +45 86 20 24 28, . Th 19-03,F-Sa 19-05. Cocktail bar, age limit 23 on weekends.
- Flintstone, Rosenkrantzgade 20, ☎ +45 86 12 43 44, . M-W 13-01,Th-F 13-02,Sa 10-02,Su 16-01. A small but cozy pub not far from the main walking street. Nice and friendly staff! Beer 35kr.
- Gaz station, Åboulevarden 21, ☎ +45 86 18 18 28, . Th 21-05,F-Sa 19-05. Start the night in one of the cafés on the opposite side of the club. .
- Heidi's Bier Bar, Klostergade 34, ☎ +45 87 48 00 03, . W 20-03,Th-F 20-05,Sa 18-05.
- Herr Bartels, Åboulevarden 46, ☎ +45 86 18 08 33, . Th 20-??,F-Sa 20-04. Longest bar in town, serving the best drinks in town. Nice atmosphere, nice crowd and drinks for 50kr a piece is considered cheap. Recommended.
- Ris Ras Filliongongong, Mejlgade 24, ☎ +45 86 18 50 06, . M-Sa noon-02,Su 14-19. Also just known as Ris Ras, this cozy and alternative bar offers a great variety of beers, rums and... Hookahs! When the tiny bar gets packed, you can find more secluded - but not less cozy - rooms in the basement.
- Social Club, Klostergade 34, ☎ +45 86 19 42 50, . Th-Sa 23-??. Biggest and best student club in Aarhus. Inside there are two separate discos and a nice arrangement of dance floors. They are very strict on the Student ID so don't forget it, but you can get it for a 50 DKK fee. Furthermore, "Happy hour" at Social Club can be very happy indeed - they serve free beer from 23:00-24:00. If you're lucky enough that it's your birthday that night, they will give you a free bottle of vodka and sodas. Beer 40kr (After happy hour), Drinks 45kr for a double..
- Sams Bar, Klostergade 28., ☎ +45 86 13 21 31, . Th 21-03,F-Sa 21-05. If you don’t get in to Social Club, go to this neighboring club. Beer 40kr..
- Train, Toldbodgade 6, ☎ +45 86 13 87 22, . Could be called Aarhus' main club. Don't miss 'Kupe' next door for the pre-party. Beer 45kr..
- Hos Anders , Frederiksgade 25. Beer 20kr.
- Jacobs , Vestergade 3. Expensive, centrally located, pretty average.
- Waxies , Frederiksgade 16.
- Römer , Åboulevarden 50. Very good club with blasting tunes. Recommended! Beer 40kr. Drinks 45kr.
- Sherlock Holmes , Frederiksgade 76. Nice big pub with only-English speaking staff.
- Den Sidste , Paradisgade 9. Literally "The last one" in Danish. Fills up when other clubs close up. Beer 20kr.
- Thorups Kælder  is the city’s oldest basement, reputedly built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. Today you can enjoy a drink or two in this basement bar where you can almost hear the rustling sound of the monks’ habits sweeping across the floor.
- G-bar  Aarhus' gay and lesbian club.
- SLM  Gay leather and fetish bar.
Prices for hotels are higher than in other parts of Europe. There is a youth hostel, but it is not very fancy
- Danhostel  - The youth hostel is in the forest about 3 km north of town. Can be reached by bus.
- City Sleep-in  - Basic hostel in Havnegade in the center 5 min from the train station. Functional but rather spartan, and not very clean. Dormitory from 18 Euro.
- Cab Inn  - Right in the center between the Church and Åen. Rooms go from €71 (single) to €103 (triples). The rooms are quite small but a TV and private shower and toilet are included. Two stars
- Blommehaven Camping  - Camp site in the beautiful Marselisborg Forest, 5 km south of the city center. Can be reached with bus number 6 and 19 straight to the site.
- Aarhus Camping  - Camp site, 4 km north of Aarhus
Medium to expensive
- Hotel Guldsmeden Aarhus  - Small hotel situated in the old town in the very heart of Aarhus. Two stars.
- Comfort Hotel Atlantic. The Comfort Hotel Atlantic is set in a modern building with views across the picturesque harbor and the city of Aarhus in Denmark. Three stars.
- Hotel Mercur . Hotel Mercur in Viby Aarhus occupies a modern tower situated just outside the city center, near the main approach roads to the city, 500 meters from the E45 motorway. Three stars.
- Hotel Villa Provence  A small French oasis bursting with an almost private atmosphere and character, right in the heart of Aarhus. Three stars.
- Hotel Ritz  Best Western hotel, just next to the train station. Three stars.
- Plaza Aarhus Scandic . The Scandic Plaza Aarhus is a modern hotel set in the town's pedestrianised shopping area, two kilometres from the old town. Three stars.
- Scandic Aarhus . Built in 1989, the Scandic Aarhus is a six-storey hotel, located two kilometres from the Old Town and four kilometres from the city center and train station. Aarhus Tirstrup Airport is 50km from the hotel, with an approximate driving time of 45 minutes. Three stars.
- Hotel Oasia  Aarhus newest hotel, opened June 2008, furnitured with Nordic design.
- Hotel Royal . Luxury hotel situated in the centre of Aarhus. Four stars.
- Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel Arhus . The sleek Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel with its minimal brick exterior, is in Aarhus's Margrethepladsen, next to the concert hall and less than one kilometer from the city center. Four stars.
- Helnan Marselis Hotel . The monumental Helnan Marselis waterfront hotel was designed by Danish architects Friis and Molkte and completed in 1967. Four stars.
- Havnehotellet . A clean hotel right on the marina. The hotel is unmanned and so check-in is done on a computer. The marina is a nice place to sit and watch the sunset with a bottle of wine from the vending machine! (no mini-bars) and is only a 5 minute walk from the main city centre, although you can catch the bus if you want. There are a couple of restaurants and an ice-cream shop there so you don't have to leave the marina if you don't want to.
- Badeanstalten Spanien, Spanien 1, ☎ +45 86 13 25 77, . M-F 7-21,Sa 7-17,Su 9-17. Hot spot for the city's gay community, has an indoor pool, steambaths and saunas. Many children in the pool in weekends. 37-60 DKK.
- Aarhus Svømmestadion, F Vestergaardsgade 3, ☎ +45 86 12 86 44, . is a better option than Badeanstalten Spanien, if what you want to do is actually to swim. 37 DKK.
- Germany (Consul Finn Prang-Andersen), Havnegade 4, ☎ +45 86 18 25 88.
- Italy (Consul Henning Holmen Møller), Lille Torv 6, ☎ +45 86 12 14 00.
- Japan (Consul-General Jørgen E. Handberg), Dalgas Avenue 57, ☎ +45 86 18 03 22.
- Netherlands (Consul Søren Lund), Sct. Clemens Stræde 7, ☎ +45 86 12 50 00.
- Norway (Consul Heine Bach), Store Torv 1, ☎ +45 89 33 36 19.
- Spain (c/o CFJE), Olof Palmes Allé 11, ☎ +45 86 19 02 22.
- United Kingdom (Consul Claus Herluf), Skolegade 19 B, ☎ +45 87 30 77 77.
- Aarhus is surrounded by beautiful beech forests; take a walk in Marselisborgskoven or in the deer park.
- As a coastal city, there are many beaches to walk - just remember warm clothes October through early April. There are history trails from Moesgaard Museum right down to the water, with reconstructed stone age, iron age and viking houses and tombs, rune stones etc.
- The local soccer team AGF, plays their home games at Atletion , which can hold around 21.000 in attendance. If you're a soccer fan, don't miss a home game (Played on Saturdays or Sundays) as the atmosphere is amazing during game night!
- Djurs Sommerland , amusement park has Denmark's largest rollercoaster. Can be reached with buses 121, 122 and 123 in 1h15m. Discount if buying your entrance ticket in the bus (you only pay DKK 20,- extra for the bustrip there and back).
- Ebeltoft is a quaint little town about an hour bus ride away. You can catch bus 123 with a day ticket costing DKK 125 (note that you can use this to also get out to the airport if arriving/leaving the same day). It has one main cobblestone street lined with shops and cafes and you can visit the glass museum (it has a mirror room that you can walk in!) or the world's longest wooden ship. The actual bus ride there takes you through some lovely green hilly countryside too. Just make sure you get off at the station called Ebeltoft C rather than waiting till the end of the line which is the Ebeltoft bus station... unless you enjoy a bit of a walk which one could say is a nice way to view the residential streets one wouldn't normally have done!
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